Root Canals

Root canals have gotten a bad reputation, but us dentists don’t know why! These are the types of treatments that actually make you feel better!


Root canal therapy can save a tooth that has become severely infected or decayed. When diagnosis indicates the need for a root canal treatment, our first priority is our patients’ peace of mind. Offering an extensive menu of pain-management options, our first order of business is to ensure that our patients are at-ease about the procedure. Dr. Plotnick in Williamsburg makes root canal therapy as relaxing as possible.


-Spontaneous pain even when you’re not eating or drinking
-Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night
-Toothache that worsens when pressure is applied or when eating
-Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
-Recurring swelling of the gums
-Tenderness in the gums
-Extreme sensitivity to cold or heat

Ignoring these signs or symptoms can be detrimental to your oral health, and may lead to further complications including increased pain or an abscessed tooth. If you are unsure about any of the symptoms you’re experiencing, Schedule an appointment with Grand Street Dental near Brooklyn, NYC, for a consultation and evaluation.


For most patients, a root canal can be performed in a single visit. Our pre-treatment preparation ensures that both the tooth and the affected area are fully anesthetized for the entire procedure. In most cases, once the tooth is repaired we recommend protecting it with a porcelain crown to prevent fracture.


After full anesthesia is achieved, treatment will be completed in either one or two appointments based on the health of the pulpal tissue. If your tooth was severely infected, we may opt to place a medication in your canals for one or two weeks before completing the root canal to effectively decontaminate the area. A temporary filling will be used in between treatments to keep the area sterile. The height of the tooth is reduced so that this new tooth is not an active player in the bite.


After treatment, you may experience similar pain than before treatment for about two days. You should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for a couple of days or until the tenderness has subsided. Dr. Plotnick will prescribe a final restoration for the tooth. It’s important to remember that teeth with root canals have a higher percentage of fracture as well.


How painful are root canals?

You will not feel any pain during your root canal procedure because of the local anesthesia your dentist uses. Removal of the infection will diminish the pain you felt before your treatment.

How long does a root canal last?

Root canals are highly successful treatments for infections in the teeth and typically last a lifetime.

Is it better to remove an infected tooth or to receive a root canal?

Receiving a root canal effectively treats a tooth infection while preserving your natural tooth. This saves your tooth and diminishes your need for bridges, dentures, and dental implants.

What happens if you delay getting a root canal?

If you notice tooth pain associated with an infection, the pain can get worse. Delaying your treatment can result in further dental complications, including tooth loss, heightened infection, and acute abscess.

Can a tooth survive without a root canal?

A tooth that needs a root canal cannot heal itself. The infected area inside the tooth will worsen if not treated. Even without pain, you should still receive dental treatment for an infected tooth.